Over dozen railroads under construction in Myanmar

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A total of 13 new railroads are being built in Myanmar in parallel, of which some completed sections have been opened for service, an official daily reported Sunday.

These railroads under implementation are those passing over mountain ranges and extending from the east to the west.

"Upon completion, the national railroad network, which will emerge the length of breadth of the country as the railroad corridor, will contribute to progress in socio-economic status of the national brethren," said the New Light of Myanmar.

In the past, the country had only one railroad stretching from Myitkyinain the north to Yangon and Ye in the south, Lashio in the east and Pyay in the west, while nowadays many railroads have emerged in the nation stretching from the north to the south and more railroads stretching from Sittway in the west to Kengtung in the east and from Myeik in the southernmost tip area have been built.

According to the paper, the government has so far extended 2, 400 kilometers (km) of railroads, bringing the total to 4,800 km.

The number of railway stations has also added by 406, bringing the total to 893, up from 487 in the past.

At present, over 73 million passengers and three million tons of commodities are rail-transported yearly, up from 36 million and more than one million tons respectively in the past, the report said.

The report added that the nation now gets 128,000-km-long motor roads, increasing by eight times from 16,000 km in the past, and the number of bridges has now risen to more than 21,000 from over 9,000.

Source: Xinhua

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